This Halloween, look out for princesses, witches, vampires and zombies not only trick-or-treating for candy, but also for lifesaving food, clean water, health care and education.
You can help them by saving your change and contributing to Davis’ annual Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign by depositing that change in trick-or-treaters’ traditional orange boxes.
The idea of trick-or-treating for UNICEF was born in 1950 to help the children of war-torn Europe and it continues to help wherever children are in need. All funds collected will go to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to buy things like vaccines, emergency food, mosquito netting and “schools in a box.”
Your pocket change can literally save lives. Less than a dime provides a packet of oral rehydration salts to help save the life of a child suffering from dehydration due to drinking contaminated water. One in five children still go unvaccinated, and as a result a child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease. Seventy cents will buy a vaccine to save a child from killer diseases like measles and rubella.
Your contributions, large and small, can change the future for the better. As Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani school girl, international hero and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, explains, “books and pens … are our most powerful weapons” in the global war “against illiteracy, poverty and terrorism.”
For $240, you can fund a school for 40 children with UNICEF’s “school in a box.” The kit — with curriculum, basic supplies and a blackboard — allows teachers to establish makeshift classrooms almost anywhere.
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has been a tradition in Davis for many decades and is a terrifically successful program in our community. It not only gives kids an opportunity to learn about less advantaged children around the world, but also a way to help in a meaningful way. Last year alone, the children of Davis (with the help of generous adults) raised $11,700 for the world’s children through Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.
Including matching grants, the total contribution from the Davis community to Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF just in the past 15 years is $311,752.
Kids are preparing at schools all around town. At North Davis Elementary School, kids made posters to get the word out about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.
“My kids love Halloween, just like most kids,” said Davis Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF coordinator Jennifer Holman. “They love the costumes, the candy, the being out late. But they also love trick-or-treating for UNICEF to raise money for kids who aren’t as lucky as they are.
“We live in a great town, we have enough food and clean water. They know there are kids who don’t have these basic things. And they want to help.”
Permission forms to participate in Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF will go home with PTA newsletters in mid-October. UNICEF collection boxes will be distributed to students who return their permission forms by Thursday, Oct. 31.
For more information about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF, to volunteer or to obtain a UNICEF collection box, contact Holman at [email protected] or visit http://groups.dcn.org/davisuna.